Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was one of the rare Kings who was also an important musicologist and composer. Perhaps he was following the example set by Travancore king - composer Swati Tirunal and the last Mughal emperor - ghazal poet Bahadur Shah Zafar .
Jayachamaraja Wodeyar was born in Mysore on 18th July, 1919 as the son of Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wodeyar. He received traing from ashtana vidhwans in all arts and sciences. Mysore kings were great patrons of art and music. They had in their court great musicians from all over India, both Carnatic and Hindustani.
Jayachamaraja Wodeyar ascended to the throne in 1940, after the death of Chamaraja Wodeyar IV and ruled till 1950, when he handed over the state to the Indian republic, ending 550 years of Wodeyar rule. But, he continued to be the constitutional head of Mysore state as the Raja Pramukh (1950-56), till the post was abolished. He was then the first governor of Mysore state (1956-65) and also Madras state (1964-67).
As a great patron of music, he had several artists in his court - Tiger VaradachariarMysore Vasudevachar, Muthaiah Bhagavathar, Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar and Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar. Jayachamaraja Wodeyar composed about 90 krithi-s in Sanskrit, some in rare raaga-s like Bhogavasanta, Durvangi. He had great interest in western music too. He was the recipient of D.Lit from Queensland University, Australia, Doctor of Law from Banaras University, and D.Lit from Annamalai University. He was honorary Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, in the year 1945.Mudra: Shrividhya
Genre Carnatic: Krithi, Varna
|Languages used: ||Sanskrit|
|Devi Jadambika||Vasantha Bhairavi||Khanda Jhampa||Krithi|
|Devi Sri Meenakshi||Chakravakam||Triputa||Krithi|
|Kamakshi pahi mam||Shivakambodi||Khanda Triputa||Krithi|
|Matanga kanyam||Sudha Thodi||Khanda Triputa||Krithi|
|Neelakantam Mahadevam||Purvikalyani||Misra Triputa||Krithi|
|Pahimam Sitarama||Hindola Desika||Adi||Krithi|
|Pahimam Sri||Jayasamavardhani||Khanda Triputa||Krithi|
|Pahimam Sri Parameswari||Hindola Durbar||Rupaka||Krithi|
|Saraswathim bhagavathim||Hamsavinodhini||Khanda Chapu||Krithi|
|Sri Chakrapurvasini||Sudha Lalitha||Adi||Krithi|
|Sri Jalandhara masrayamyaham||Gambhiranatta||Adi||Krithi|
|Sri vidya lalitham||Nadabrahma||Adi||Krithi|
|Sri Vidyamodini||Kokilabhashini||Tisra Triputa||Krithi|
|Sri Vidyapati||Lalitha Panchamam||Adi||Krithi|
|Srilalitham maha||Nagadhvani||Khanda Triputa||Krithi|